Smithsonian Presents a Holiday Festival Dec. 2–3

November 20, 2017 The Smithsonian will host a free, two-day festival Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall to kick off the holiday season. A wide selection of festive events, activities and seasonal décor will be available at participating museums …

National Museum of African American History and Culture To Be Honored at the 24th Annual TEA Thea Awards

November 20, 2017 The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has received the Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association for “Outstanding Achievement” by a museum. TEA announced the recipients of their 24th annual Thea Awards, which recognize achievement, talent and excellence within the themed-entertainment industry. Internationally …

Second American Portrait Gala Honors Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, David D. Ho, M.D., Bill T. Jones, Spike Lee and Rita Moreno With Prestigious “Portrait of a Nation” Prize

November 20, 2017 The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery held its second American Portrait Gala Sunday, Nov. 19, raising $1 million in support of the museum’s compelling exhibition programming. The event honored former Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright; medical doctor and HIV/AIDS researcher David D. Ho, M.D.; artistic director, choreographer and dancer Bill T. …

Happy Thanksgiving! All attention to the turkey (“Meleagris gallopavo”)

  “Probably no genus of birds in the American avifauna has received the amount of attention that has been bestowed upon the turkeys…there has been no cessation of verbal narratives, casual notices, and appearance of elegant literature relating to the members of this group. We have not far to seek …